Originally Posted by 49Merc
Very good comments. I am very familiar with copyright laws yet I my post was not clear. Such copyright issues and personal feelings about submitting per made art to AVS were the reasons I deleted my non-totally original images.
I now ask this question since I have created composite (original + pre made, copyright free, royalty free, public domain) avatars members may select to use. Honestly, I do not know AVS copyright policy.
I guess I'm still not sure what your question is... You or I or AVSForum could use avatars composed of totally original work or composites of royalty free, original, public domain, etc.
Heck... many of us on various forums have used copyrighted icons as our personal avatars. Unless and until the owner of the copyright contacts you and says "please don't use that" then you are ok to do so.
But... what you can't do is copyright your own work if it contains someone else's work inside.
I couldn't, for example, create an AVSForum logo that uses the Atari "A" symbol and copyright it... but I could use that composition until the owners of that copyright ask me not to.
AVSForum, though, might have a pro-active policy to not risk using something owned by someone else... in which case one of the owners would have to chime in on that particular aspect.